At the beginning of February, Johnson and Johnson announced the final results of the Jansen coronavirus vaccine and filed for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the coming weeks, the company may start distributing the vaccines all over the US and elsewhere in the world.
However, a number of people are raising concerns regarding the vaccine’s efficacy. According to data from its clinical trials, the Jansen vaccine is over eighty percent effective in protecting from coronavirus infection.
Additionally, it is also sixty-six percent effective in reducing mortality rates in hospitalized coronavirus patients and it is also noted to work against the new strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
On the other hand, other vaccines that received approval last year and are currently being administered including Pfizer and Moderna have an efficacy rate of over ninety percent. So, in comparison with the Jansen vaccine, they are likely to be more effective.
This is the primary reason why people may be hesitant to get the Jansen vaccine and prefer to wait for Moderna or Pfizer over it.
Because of the difference in efficacy, many may also request to get the preferred vaccine in the coming weeks but experts state that such behaviors can do more harm than good.
The Jansen vaccine works in the same way as Pfizer and Moderna but uses a different technology. The end result for all vaccines is the same and can help build up immunity against different variants of SARS-CoV-2.
Therefore, even if there are differences in the effectiveness of the vaccines, getting any of them should not be avoided especially at the moment when there is a need for more vaccination approvals.
A new vaccine can speed up the distribution process significantly. With the Jansen vaccine, the procedure also becomes less complicated as it only requires one dose instead of two, unlike Moderna and Pfizer.
If a person waits for other vaccines, it may actually take a lot of time as the focus of the distribution is primarily on at-risk groups such as older adults, people with underlying medical issues, and essential workers.
So, people should not worry about the effectiveness of the Jansen vaccine when compared to other used vaccinations for coronavirus control. All vaccines are safe and will provide a certain level of protection.
Currently, building immunity is the number one priority along with safety. For this purpose, getting any approved vaccination is recommended.
In case the protection level of the vaccine is not sufficient in the future due to the emergence of new strains, there are also plans of producing improved versions along with boosters.
There is no harm in getting two vaccines for the prevention of the coronavirus. However, if a person is getting the first two shots of Moderna or Pfizer initially, it is better to stick to it.
This is because there is no research on the possible interactions between vaccines with different technology yet. To avoid any interactions, stick to the vaccine taken before.